Tonight: Craig LeHoullier and his 'Epic Tomatoes' at Durham County Public Library | Food

Tonight: Craig LeHoullier and his 'Epic Tomatoes' at Durham County Public Library


Craig LeHoullier knows tomatoes - FILE PHOTO BY D.L. ANDERSON
  • File photo by D.L. Anderson
  • Craig LeHoullier knows tomatoes

No food experience is better, in my view anyway, than picking a ripe garden tomato off the vine, rubbing it on your shirt (or just eat the dirt, it's good for you) and taking a big, juicy bite.

Get ready for tomato season tonight when Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, arguably one of the nation's tomato experts, discusses his new book Epic Tomatoes, at 7 p.m. at the Durham County Public Library, 300 N. Roxboro St..

"If there are 10,000 heirloom tomatoes in the world, by the time I die, I'm going to aim to eat all 10,000," he told the INDY in 2011. It won't happen, but I'll try."

From the press release:
The book gives the history and stories of heirloom tomatoes, and offers a range of information for growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes, from growing seeds and planting, to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the growing season. LeHoullier also provides a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases associated with tomatoes. A book signing will follow the reading.

In the last 30 years, he has collected more than 1,200 heirloom tomato varieties, including many old commercial releases previously thought to be extinct, and he has introduced more than 100 varieties to the trad
LeHoullier is the tomato advisor for Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit founded in 1975 with the mission to conserve and promote America‚Äôs culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage by collecting, growing and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. 

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